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Update: Missing Man Found Dead in Angeles National Forest

Coroner's officials have identified the missing 25-year-old man who was found dead inside his crashed car in Angeles National Forest.

8:25 a.m.: A 25-year-old La Mirada man, missing since Sunday, who was found dead inside a car that crashed on the Angeles Forest Highway at Mt. Gleason Road was identified this morning by the coroner's office.

The body inside the 2012 Ford Mustang was identified as Andrew M. Searcy, coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

The crash site was located about 8:15 a.m. Monday by a sheriff's airship that been retracing the last known route taken by Searcy.

"The deputies lowered down from the helicopter and pronounced the man dead inside his car," California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft told City News Service. "I know they were also trying to ping his cellphone off cell towers to try and fix his location."

Cracraft said the sheriff's department notified the CHP about their grisly find at 9:17 a.m. CHP officers then responded to the scene and took over the investigation, he said.

According to a CHP accident report released to CNS, investigators concluded that Searcy was driving southbound on Angeles Forest Highway, south of Aliso Canyon Road and Mt. Gleason Road, when he lost control of his vehicle. His car then plunged down a 300 foot embankment and came to rest on its roof, investigators wrote.

There were no witnesses to the crash and CHP investigators don't yet know what caused Searcy to lose control of his car.

Monday, 12:30 a.m.: A 25-year-old man, missing since Sunday, was found dead Monday inside his car that had crashed on the Angeles Forest Highway at Mt. Gleason Road, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash site was located about 8:15 a.m. Monday by a sheriff's airship that been retracing the last known route taken by the missing man.

"The deputies lowered down from the helicopter and pronounced the man dead inside his car," California Highway Patrol Officer Christian Cracraft told City News Service. "I know they were also trying to ping his cellphone off cell towers to try and fix his location."

Cracraft said the sheriff's department notified the CHP about their grisly find at 9:17 a.m. Monday CHP officers then responded to the scene and took over the investigation, he said.

The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, has now been removed from the scene by the coroner's office and his car has been recovered, Cracraft said.

Aerial television pictures from NBC4 showed a yellow sedan had rolled at least 100 feet from one roadway, towards another. The car was vivid against the gray, burned-out landscape, which was scorched by the Station Fire.

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